Allentown, PA Severe Thunderstorm, July 1894

A TERRIFIC STORM AT ALLENTOWN.

IT TERRORIZED THE PEOPLE FOR TWO HOURS.

LIGHTNING STRIKES THE JAIL.

ONE OF THE INMATES BADLY INJURED AND OTHERS PROSTRATED -- PICNIC PARTIES STIRRED UP AND PANIC STRICKEN BY THE LIGHTNING.

By United Press.
Allentown, July 26. -- The most terrific thunder storm in years prevailed here this evening for about two hours, and the down fall of rain was excessive.
Many picnic parties were caught on their way home by the storm and women and children were panic stricken by the fierceness and vividness of the lightning. A number of houses in the city and country were struck. Among the buildings struck was the Lehigh County prison. The bolt struck the wall against the women's cells, and passing through the masonry struck GRACE DESMOND, a prisoner, charged with keeping a disorderly house, and badly injured her and prostrated the other women prisoners in the room.
The prisoners in jail were thrown into a state of great alarm as they belived for a time the prison was on fire. HARRY JOHNSON, who drowned his little daughter and who will hang in two weeks, was completely terrorized and thought that they day of retribution for his crime had come. Singularly enough it is just a year ago tonight since he threw his child into the river.
At Rittersville a farmer's family were at supper during the storm and a bolt of lightning fell upon the table and smashed all the crockery, but injured no one.

Daily Gazette And Bulletin Williamsport Pennsylvania 1894-07-27